Forced to quit Cabinet, Jethmalani blames Sorabjee
The Union Minister for Law, Justice and
Company Affairs, Mr. Ram Jethmalani, was forced by the Prime
Minister to resign from the Cabinet. The sacked Mr. Jethmalani
made a characteristically messy exit, hurling taunts at Mr.
Vajpayee and accusations at the Attorney-General, Mr. Soli
Arun Jaitley gets additional charge of Law and Justice
Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun
Jaitley has been given the additional charge of Law and Justice
after Law Minister Ram Jethmalani resigned from the Union
Cabinet, highly placed sources said today.
Jethmalani and his 'pin-pricks'
Mr. Jethmalani is right. There were far too
many pin-pricks, though entirely of his own making. The foremost
pin- prick the former Law Minister got from the Attorney-General
was an opinion to the Prime Minister in what is known as the
``M.S. Shoes scandal''.
Kapil to be out of textbook
Whatever the outcome of the inquiry into
the match-fixing and income tax raids on cricketers and alleged
bookies, the Gujarat Government seems to have already pronounced
its verdict against Kapil Dev - guilty.
Sena keeps off NDA meet
The Shiv Sena stayed away from a meeting of
leaders of the National Democratic Alliance held at the Prime
Minister's residence today to discuss business before the monsoon
session of Parliament opening tomorrow. However, Mr. George
Fernandes, convener of the NDA, did not attach much importance to
this, preferring to see it as simply a question of Sena leaders
being unable to attend.
Mumbai police receive prosecution orders
L'affaire Bal Thackeray is inching towards its
climax with police officials and lawyers giving shape to the
chargesheet against the Shiv Sena supremo after the State
Government allowed the Mumbai Police Commissioner, Mr. M. N.
Singh, to initiate prosecution proceedings yesterday.
UP official probing corruption charges shot dead
Unidentified gunmen shot dead a senior
official of Uttar Pradesh Government who was probing corruption
charges against several employees of his department.
Chandrika Kumaratunga leaves for UK
Sri Lankan President Chandrika
Kumaratunga left for the United Kingdom today on a private visit.
There has been no official word about the trip as details of
Kumaratunga's movements are kept secret in view of the threat to
her life from the LTTE, the Sunday Times newspaper said.
Blast kills six in Pakistan
Police picked up several people in Quetta,
capital of Pakistan's western province of Balochistan, today
after three bomb blasts killed six people and injured 22 others
in the Garrison city overnight.
Inflation rate remains static
The annual rate of inflation based on the
wholesale price index (WPI) remained static at 5.92 per cent
during the week ended July 8, according to provisional figures.
The rate was at 1.99 per cent a year ago.
Lions' death alarms officials
Four lions have died, two of them of rabies, at
the famous Gir National Park in Gujarat's Junagadh district in
the last 10 days sending alarm bells ringing in the State
Government, Forest Department and among wildlife lovers.